Stealers Wheel ("Stuck in the Middle with You"): Farewell to Joe Egan

Stealers Wheel (“Stuck in the Middle with You”): Farewell to Joe Egan

Joe Egan, co-founder of Stealers Wheel with Gerry Rafferty, has died at the age of 77. The band was primarily active in the first half of the 1960s, and is best known for the 1973 song “Stuck in the Middle with You.” The song gained greater popularity in 1992 thanks to its inclusion in the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino’s film “Reservoir Dogs.”

The news of Joe Egan’s passing, which occurred on July 6, was shared on the social page dedicated to Gerry Rafferty, who passed away in 2011. The message published on the profile managed by Rafferty’s daughter, Martha, read: “It is very sad news that the other half of Stealers Wheel, Joe Egan, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his loved ones. I will always remember him as a sweet and gentle soul. May he rest in peace.”

Egan and Rafferty formed Stealers Wheel in their hometown of Paisley, Scotland, in 1972, the same year they released their self-titled debut album. The band split after two more albums, 1973’s Ferguslie Park and 1975’s Right or Wrong. A brief reunion took place in 2008, in which neither Egan nor Rafferty took part. Joe Egan also released two solo albums, 1979’s Out of Nowhere and two years later Map, before retiring from the music industry in the 1990s.